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Series wiring on EMG pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Nick man, Dec 18, 2003.


  1. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Hey everyone.

    Today I went into Samash to pick up a Hartke bass cab (just a temp cab while I have am Eden reconed) and I saw that they had one of the new American Jazz basses with the S-1 series/parallel switch in it.

    I picked it up and played it and was totally blown away by the sound and would have picked it up on the spot had it not been for the fact that I have 2 jazz basses already and I am in desperate need of a bass cab or two.

    I want to add the series parallel switch to one of my jazz basses, but Im not sure how I feel about doing it to my 1975 Ibanez Black Eagle, or if I can do that with my Valenti which has EMJ Vintage J pickups in it.

    If I decide to do it on the Valenti, will I run into problems with overdriving the internal preamp on one pickup with the hot output of the other pickup? I really want to do the mod but Im not sure if Ill desroy my pickups trying. Ill also mention that I have an Aguilar OPB1 in the bass and a fishman voltage double even though I doubt those will affect it.

    So I guess the final question is has anyone done series wiring on active pickups or does anyone know if it is actually safe?

    Peace
    Nick
     
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Just wanted to back up what meekster said, wiring active pickups in series can't be done - sorry.

    Having a preamp on board doesn't matter one way or another wrt series/parallel switching, so you're ok there.
     
  3. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    ARGH!

    I thought that would be the case, but it couldnt hurt to ask. Ill probably call up EMG anyways, just so I can have my hopes shot down again.

    So how do you guys feel about rewiring a fairly rare 1975 Ibanez Black Eagle bass?

    Peace
    Nick